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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

Spirituality Series Kicks Off With 'Sacred Conversations On Race'

A scene from the aftermath of the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS
A painting inside St. Cabrini Catholic Church in Springfield

Spirituality is a topic not often discussed on the radio, or in the mainstream media as a whole. Yet it's something that's a major part of many people's lives. Even those who are agnostic or atheist may be interested in hearing about various religions - the ways they differ, and also what they have in common. Some may choose to buck religion, but still want to hold onto some aspects of spirituality.

This is something I think about more and more, the older I get. And so I hope to be starting on a path that will bring you more on the topic. As an arts and culture reporter - I see it as something I can branch out into, in new and exciting ways. I want to learn new things about topics I have yet to know exist - and bring them to you. For now, you can listen to the first segment we have to offer, dealing with 'Sacred Conversations on Race':

You can listen to a recording made from all the speakers as well as musicians that night, the opening session of 'Sacred Conversations on Race', below:

Listen to the entire program from the opening session of the "Sacred Conversations on Race"

If you have something you want to hear about during our Spirituality segments, let me know! Email me at rotwe2@uis.edu.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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